Devy’s Top Tips for Travellers Driving In France

  1. In France, we drive on the right.
  2. Every passenger as well as the driver must wear their belt at all times.
  3. The use of mobile phones is prohibited whilst driving.
  4. The speed limits in France are 50 km/h in built up areas, 90 km/h on ordinary roads, 110 km/h on major roads and 130 km/h on motorways.
  5. If you’re on the motorway and it’s wet, you must drop to 110 km/h.
  6. Be careful to not park in a zone d’enlèvement – your car will be towed away.
  7. Also look out for a sign saying Interdit de stationer le samedi – Jour de marché (No parking on Saturdays, Market day). Your car will be towed away.
  8. If there are no cars when you park, don’t think it’s luck, it is probably because the locals know that there is a market on!

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French phrases to know if you’re planning to drive in France

JE CHERCHE UN PARKING zhuh shehrsh uñ parkeeng I AM LOOKING FOR A CAR PARK…
ON PEUT SE GARER ICI? oñ puh suh garayeesee CAN WE PARK HERE?
COMBIEN DE TEMPS PEUT-ON SE GARER ICI? koñ-byañ duh toñ puht-oñ suh garayeesee? HOW LONG CAN I PARK HERE FOR?…
NOUS ALLONS À… nooz aloñ a… WE’RE GOING TO……
POUVEZ-VOUS ME MONTRER SUR LA CARTE? poovayvoo muh moñtray soor la kart CAN YOU SHOW ME ON THE MAP?…
POUR REJOINDRE L’AUTOROUTE, S’IL VOUS PLAÎT? poor ruh-zhwandrl ohtohroot seel vooh pleh HOW DO I GET ONTO THE MOTORWAY?…
IL FAUT PAYER … ? eel foh payay DO I NEED TO PAY … ?
QUEL EST LE MEILLEUR ITINERAIRE? kel eh luh may-yuhree-teenay-rehr WHAT’S THE BEST ROUTE?